Brazil’s Balancing Act

Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights

March 5, 2013
2-5 pm 

Experts working in diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors.


The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.

The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.


2:00 – Welcome and introductions
2:15-3:30 – Panelist remarks
3:30-3:45 – Short break
3:45 – 4:45 – Moderated discussion with panelists, followed by Q&A with audience
4:45 – Reception (all are welcome)


“Bureaucracy and Masculinity in India after Independence”

Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies with Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University

Thursday, Feb 28th at 5:00pm

Shapiro Admissions Center, Presentation Room

Our Spring 2013 lecture, entitled “Bureaucracy and Masculinity in India after Independence” will feature Prof. Inderpal Grewal from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Yale University. This talk will analyze four memoirs written by administrative officials in India who moved from the British Indian Civil Service into the Indian Administrative Service after Independence.


Environmental Health and Justice JBS: Fall 2013



Counts for 4 courses – 16 credits – No prerequisites

Satisfies multiple requirements & majors/minors: ENVS, IGS, HSSP, SJSP, LGLS, WGS, others
Applications open now, rolling admissions, don’t delay!
Instructors: Laura Goldin, with Drs. James Stewart, Joe Allen (Harvard School of Public Health),Ted Myatt & Matt Fragala. 
Engage directly with the community as you delve deeply into the law, policy, social impacts and science of pressing environmental justice and environmental health challenges facing individuals and families today.  You’ll work directly with some of the most disadvantaged communities from inner-city Boston and Waltham to the rural coal mining mountains of Appalachia, as we battle issues such as toxic exposure, access to environmentally safe housing, healthy food and open space, destruction of age-old mountains and pollution of streams for coal extraction.
For more info and to apply:
Also don’t hesitate to contact Laura Goldin or Program Manager, Brandeis-Led Study Programs Amber Thatcher


Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row: Justice Brandeis Innocence Project Students Talk with Released Inmate Damien Echols, His Wife, His Defense Team Advisor, and the Reporter Who Believed Him

 Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-9pm

 Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

In 1994, at the age of 18, Damien Echols was convicted, along with Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, of the horrific murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Echols, considered the “ring leader” of the “West Memphis Three”, was sentenced to death and spent 18 years on Death Row in Arkansas for a crime many believed he did not commit. While on Death Row, Damien married Lorri Davis, a landscape architect from New York who became convinced of his innocence and moved to Arkansas to be nearer to him while she worked on his case.  Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and director Peter Jackson were all strong, public supporters of Echols’ innocence. In August of 2011, after DNA evidence was found to be inconsistent with all three defendants, Echols, Miskelley, and Baldwin were released from prison, although have not been legally exonerated.  After his release, Echols wrote a memoir, “Life After Death” chronicling his time on Death Row.

Join Brandeis students who investigate wrongful convictions as they lead a discussion with Echols, his wife Lorri Davis, Lonnie Soury, a media expert with a particular expertise in wrongful convictions issues, and Erin Moriarty, a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours” who interviewed Echols both on death row and after his release. Video clips from 48 Hours and “West of Memphis,” the documentary produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Amy Berg, will also be screened. Echols’ book will be available for purchase and signing.



Volunteering opportunity


Unite-Here Local 26 represents Boston’s hotel and hospitality workers (including Brandeis’ cafeteria workers), and we are looking for volunteers to help us radically improve working conditions in the service industry. Without workers united to demand better lives for themselves and their communities, employers will make life hell for workers in hotels, restaurants, and cafeterias.


We need volunteers who are PASSIONATE, DEDICATED, and READY to help us win justice for Boston workers!

For folks who want to get involved and learn how to organize, Local 26 is hosting a Movement Organizing Training on Feb. 16th. Attendees will learn how we organize through story-telling and agitation, and how we build the union by building leadership.
PLEASE NOTE that workshop space is limited: if you’d like to attend, we need to have a meeting beforehand. Please email Jon ( or Andrew ( if you’d like to attend.

Gendered Violence awareness session

Gendered Violence is EVERYONE’S Problem
Thursday, February 7, 12-2 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Gendered violence is not “someone else’s problem.” It’s everyone’s problem including yours, as a supporter of social justice. Join us for this compelling two-part session. You will hear from a panel about why they care and what they do about gendered violence. Then participate in breakout sessions with the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Casa Myrna and the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project to discuss ideas like forces perpetuating violent culture, victims, victim blaming, being an ally, and special considerations for vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ individuals with the ultimate goal to prepare you to navigate these issues in a socially responsible way. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Heller Gender Working GroupEvent Timeline:
12:00-12:45: Welcome and panel
12:50-1:30: Breakout discussions
1:30-2:00: Regroup and share insights


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